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Quotations About / On: JOY

  • 71.
    Love should make joy; but our benevolence is unhappy. Our Sunday-schools, and churches, and pauper-societies are yokes to the neck. We pain ourselves to please nobody.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Spiritual Laws," Essays, First Series (1841, repr. 1847).)
  • 72.
    An improper art aims at exciting in the way of comedy the feeling of desire but the feeling which is proper to comic art is the feeling of joy.
    (James Joyce (1882-1941), Irish author. Manuscript notebook composed in Paris, 1903-1904. Paris Notebook, The Critical Writings, eds. Richard Ellmann and Ellsworth Mason, Viking (1959). Many of the entries in this notebook were later transposed into Joyce's Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916) and Ulysses (1922).)
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  • 73.
    Oath and anchors equally will drag; nought else abides on fickle earth but unkept promises of joy.
    (Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. "The Encantadas" (1854), Sketch Eighth, The Piazza Tales and Other Prose Pieces 1839-1860, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 9, eds. Harrison Hayford, Alma A. MacDougall, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1987).)
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  • 74.
    Let me just say, at once: I am not now nor have I ever been a white man. And, leaving aside the joys of unearned privilege, this leaves me feeling pretty good ...
    (June Jordan (b. 1936), African American poet and social critic. On Call, ch. 10 (1985). Written in 1984.)
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  • 75.
    Work! Labour the aspergas me of life; the one great sacrament of humanity from which all other things flow—security, leisure, joy, art, literature, even divinity itself.
    (Sean O'Casey (1884-1964), Irish dramatist. "In New York Now," vol. 5, Rose And Crown (1952).)
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  • 76.
    I would not, if I could, give up the memory of the joy I have had in books for any advantage that could be offered in other pursuits or occupations. Books have been to me what gold is to the miser, what new fields are to the explorer.
    (Margaret E. Sangster (1838-1912), U.S. author. An Autobiography from My Youth Up, ch. 6 (1909).)
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  • 77.
    I was comfortable in all, I admit, but at the same time, nothing satisfied me. Each joy made me seek another.
    (Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. The Fall, p. 34, Gallimard (1956).)
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  • 78.
    The surest guide to the correctness of the path that women take is joy in the struggle. Revolution is the festival of the oppressed.
    (Germaine Greer (b. 1939), Australian feminist, writer. "Revolution," The Female Eunuch (1970).)
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  • 79.
    Whoever possesses abundant joy must be a good man: but he is probably not the cleverest man, although he achieves exactly what it is that the cleverest man strives with all his cleverness to achieve.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 2, p. 400, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Mixed Opinions and Maxims, aphorism 48, "Having Abundant Joy," (1879).)
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  • 80.
    Death is an endless night so awful to contemplate that it can make us love life and value it with such passion that it may be the ultimate cause of all joy and all art.
    (Paul Theroux (b. 1941), U.S. novelist, travel writer. Hockney's Alphabet, "D is for Death," ed. Stephen Spender (1991). Book published to raise money for AIDS victims.)
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